GREENVILLE, Pitt County - "A Day Without A Woman" unfolded across the world Wednesday to mark International Women's Day.
It is a day set aside by the United Nations to draw attention to the plight of women globally and call for equality and fairness to women. Countless women took the day off from work, boycotted spending and hit the streets to mark the day with loud protests calling for change. Many people wore red while some took to pink.
In Greenville, some women observed the day in solidarity with their counterparts in other parts of the world. They used the day to network and exchange ideas with each other at an event organized by New Bern-based radio station Kiss 101.9 FM.
Radio personalities Clarke Jones and Jackie Paige set up and anchored the event. They were on hand to meet with their women listeners who stopped by the Nu Look Business Center on Greenville Blvd. The women mingled, took photos and shared what the day meant to them.
"This is set up to appreciate the women of Eastern North Carolina," said Clarke Jones, whose idea it was to have a Women's Day event.
"We are sharing free food, free drinks and just letting them know we are here, we are a community station, we represent women as a whole and we appreciate you guys," said Jones, who co-hosts the station's "No Chill Zone" every week day from 2-6 p.m.
"I am super excited that women got together to do this. That we are standing together in wanting equal pay and wanting equal rights and showing people that we pretty much run this world," Jackie Paige said.
Dr. Loni Crumb, an assistant professor at East Carolina University, said she took time off to attend the event because it is an important way to show that women are vital to the fabric of society.
"In the work place we are winning so definitely we have to stand for our rights because if we are silent those rights can be taken away from us," said Crumb.
This year's theme "Women in the Changing World of Work" resonates at the event.
"The purpose of strikes is to let people know when we pull back this is what the world looks like," said Paige, who does the station's midday show from 10 a.m to noon. "I think women taking a step back and saying we are not doing anything today is going to send huge message not only to our country but to the world."
Alongside marches, women in more than 50 countries hosted different kinds of events to coincide with the U.N-designated International Women's Day. Many events will continue well into the weekend.